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Sheldon Silver is still a Democratic superdelegate

Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves Federal

Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves Federal Court in lower Manhattan on Nov. 16, 2015. Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

To fend off a strong challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's strategy has been to lock in superdelegates, those members of the Democratic Party's elite, usually elected officials in each state who automatically attend the national convention regardless of which candidate wins the state's primary.

It's one of the reasons she is so far ahead in the delegate count.

But there's one superdelegate-Clinton supporter from New York whom neither she nor the party probably wants to show up at the convention in Philadelphia.

Once one of the most powerful Democrats in the state, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has long been a member of the Democratic National Committee. Despite his conviction on federal corruption charges, he's still a DNC member and is entitled to his superdelegate slot.

The Point has learned that Silver has not resigned from the prestigious DNC post, so the party, which doesn't have an official process for removing members who are felons, is trying to figure out how to oust him.

If not, the hot potato will go to the DNC credentials committee, which will have to decide whether to seat Silver at the convention.

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